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Ohio House approves $2.4 billion construction bill; $135 million for NEO
Other morning headlines: FBI: Former Akron doctor illegally distributed pain pills; Ohio bill would require notice for overpaid taxes

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Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Ohio House approves $2.4 billion construction bill; $135 million for NEO
  • Ohio bill would require notice for overpaid taxes
  • Former Akron doctor indicted in alleged illegal pain pill distribution
  • Mumps cases at OSU continues to grow
  • State opposes freedom for former Akron captain Prade
  • Ohio House approves $2.4 billion construction bill; $135 million for NEO
    The Ohio House has passed a nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds a host of community, school, park and prison projects. The funds include nearly $135 million dollars for Northeast Ohio projects. The University of Akron would get nearly $20 million, while Cleveland State University would get about $15 million. Arts and cultural organizations would share millions of dollars, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The legislation also includes $5 million for the city of Cleveland’s Lakefront development project. The construction budget bill now goes to the Senate for committee hearings. The Plain Dealer has compiled a list of Northeast Ohio projects here.

    Ohio bill would require notice for overpaid taxes
    Businesses and taxpayers would be notified when they overpay their taxes under a bill passed by the Ohio House. The bill that now goes to the Senate, would allow Ohio's tax commissioner to give automatic refunds or provide credit toward future taxes if a taxpayer has overpaid — similar to when consumers overpay on their utility bills. Under current law, the Ohio Department of Taxation can refund the overpayments, but only by request and only during the first three or four years, within the statute of limitations. The bill updates the law to ensure that taxpayers are notified no later than 60 days before the end of that limited three- or four-year period. 

    FBI: Former Akron doctor illegally distributed pain pills

    Federal authorities are accusing a former Akron doctor of illegally distributing painkillers and pills to his patients. The FBI says those who were prescribed the pills included drug addicts and people who were never examined by 63-year-old Adolph Harper. The indictment also names three of his office workers. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the group distributed hundreds of thousands of doses of prescription drugs from 2009 to 2012. The indictment also alleges the doctor's employees would write orders for painkillers for themselves or patients when the doctor wasn't in the office.

    Mumps cases at OSU continues to grow
    A dozen more Ohio State University students and one staff member have been added to the list of cases in a central Ohio mumps outbreak. Public health agencies for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County on Wednesday reported 82 total cases of the contagious viral illness. Sixty-nine of those are linked to Ohio State. Fifty-three involve Ohio State students. Health officials urge residents to make sure they have properly received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR.

    State opposes freedom for former Akron captain Prade
    The state opposes freedom for a former Akron police captain released after nearly 15 years in prison in Ohio for his ex-wife's slaying. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says Douglas Prade has a strong motive to flee because of the possibility of re-imprisonment for the 1998 killing. An appeals court ruled last week that Prade was wrongly released last year based on bite-mark DNA testing. Attorneys for Prade have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to allow him to stay free while he pursues an appeal of last week's ruling. Walsh opposed that request in a filing Wednesday.
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